A platform for forward thinking around peacebuilding, celebrating voices and views of everyday heroes working to end violent conflict. An initiative of Search for Common Ground. Pragmatic and open-minded, her name is Aasha Singh and she is the first woman Prime Minister of Nepal. Bishwar marks the introduction in the series of a strong, independent, and successful gay character, defying stereotypes of the LGBT community. A quick review of the media portrayal of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters in Nepali fiction provides evidence that most LGBT roles are stereotypical, making a typecast of the LGBT community as either supporting comedic characters or victims.
Reel Truth: a new portrayal of LGBT characters in Nepal
LGBT rights in Nepal - Wikipedia
Skip to content. A lesbian couple from America tied the knot Monday in Kathmandu, marking what may be Nepal's first public lesbian wedding ceremony, the BBC reports. Same-sex marriages are not officially legal in Nepal, though the supreme court has ordered the government to legally guarantee sexual rights and end discrimination against gays and lesbians. Meanwhile, though those laws are still being drafted, a parallel movement to re-establish laws that make so-called "unnatural sex" a crime is also underway, according to the Times of India. Local gay rights activists and supporters attended the ceremony - carried out by a Hindu priest - as did close friends and member of parliament Sunilbabu Pant, a gay rights activist. Pant's Blue Diamond Society has been fighting for gay rights for several years, and recently opened a travel agency hoping to attract foreign gay couples to come to Nepal for weddings and honeymoons, the BBC said.
But ever since the Maoist revolutionaries won the year war against the state to end the monarchy, LGBT activists have found a possible ally. Until around a year ago, the ruling Maoist party held the same perception of homosexuality as the monarchy did. However, recent actions suggest that the ruling government has significantly changed its position.
Following the end of the monarchy , homosexuality was legalized across the country in along with the introduction of several new laws. These new laws explicitly include protections on the basis of sexual orientation. Based on a ruling of the Supreme Court of Nepal in late , the government was also looking into legalising same-sex marriage. According to several sources, the new Constitution was expected to include it.